LA Times on the Hub’s Gamble on “SheZow” Lifting Ratings

by Ed Liuon May 29, 2013
The Los Angeles Times has used the upcoming premiere of SheZow on the Hub Network to examine the health of the network, a little over 2 years after its debut. The article quotes chief executive Margaret Loesch on the upcoming premiere, where a 12-year old boy inherits the powers and costume of the female superhero […]
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Toonzone Interviews Christian Jacobs on “The Aquabats Super Show!”

by Ed Liuon May 28, 2013
I found that interviewing the Aquabats’ Christian Jacobs was one of those cases where people who do comedy are often very serious about it, and how it takes a great deal of intelligence to do stupid well. Jacobs is no stranger to Hollywood, having started his career at the ripe age of 4 after his […]


Toonzone at MCM London Comic Con May 2013 – Shinichiro Watanabe Q&A

by Grant Whiteon May 28, 2013
Attending the event to promote the forthcoming releases of Cowboy Bebop HD and Kids On The Slope, the appearance marked the renowned Watanabe’s first visit to the UK. Well known industry veteran and Anime Ltd representative Andrew Partridge asked questions, with Watanabe generally speaking through an interpreter though occasionally offering English responses. Things began with […]

Toonzone At MCM London Comic Con May 2013 – Anime Industry Panels

by Grant Whiteon May 27, 2013
The Anime Industry panel was split across the Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday panel opened with two surprise announcements from Manga- Attack on Titan and the live action Space Battleship Yamato have been licensed by them, with trailers running on the theatre’s main screen. No specific dates are currently set for Titan but Yamato is […]


NY Times on the Rise of Brigham Young University’s Animation Program

by Ed Liuon May 27, 2013
The New York Times Magazine has taken a look at the rise of the Brigham Young University animation program as a somewhat unlikely rise as a feeder program for Hollywood’s top animation studios. The university was singled out by Pixar president Ed Catmull in a speech on campus in 2008, and a 14-person team at […]

Anime Boston 2013: Sunrise Official Panel Report

by Weathermanon May 26, 2013
Sunrise Japan came to Anime Boston for the first time this year and gave a presentation on some of their upcoming projects and made several announcements.  They announced the launch of Daisuki-a joint project between themselves, Aniplex, Toei and Toms.  They also announced that multiple titles formerly held by Bandai Entertainment USA are currently being […]


Anime Boston 2013: Sentai Filmworks New Licenses

by Weathermanon May 26, 2013
Sentai Filmworks announced several new licenses and release dates at Anime Boston 2013.  They have acquired the license for the television series Digi Charat, along with the OVA’s and the Winter Garden special.  Timing of the release was not announced.  They have also acquired the license for the original Gatchaman television series and the OVA’s for […]
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Anime Boston 2013: Aniplex USA Announces “Blue Exorcist” On Blu-ray, “Sword Art Online” For Toonami

by Weathermanon May 24, 2013
At its industry panel on Friday, Aniplex of America announced that it is bringing the shonen action series Blue Exorcist to Blu-ray as well as a new DVD release including both an English dub and the Japanese track with English subtitles. The 25-episode series will be released in two parts; part one will be released […]


PR: IDW and DC Join Forces for Comics Panel at MCM London Comic Con

by Grant Whiteon May 23, 2013
MCM LONDON COMIC CON – EXCEL LONDON – 24-26 MAY IDW and DC Join Forces for Comics Panel IDW Publishing and DC Comics will be holding a joint American Comics In The UK panel at MCM London Comic Con this weekend, show organisers have announced. Featuring Bob Wayne, SVP sales and marketing at DC Comics, […]

“Simpsons” Scriptwriter Jon Vitti Takes on Angry Birds

by Alex Beanon May 23, 2013
The Angry Birds movie received a major boost when it was announced that Jon Vitti was hired to write the screenplay for the upcoming animated feature film based on the popular video game. Vitti is an animated industry veteran and has written five episodes of King of the Hill, 25 episodes of The Simpsons as […]